Form Following Function in a Hot Humid Climate
Over the last thirty years the materials and techniques that makeup Building Science have changed a great deal. What has not changed is residential design. That is especially true in the south where most developments require a large percentage of thermal mass on the outside of a home. Given what we know about materials and techniques how should design adapt in a hot humid climate? For example, now that we have rid ourselves of vented attics, should we go ahead and bring that space all the way into conditioned space with vaulted ceilings? And what of those steeply pitched roofs? Shouldn’t we reduce that pitch and extend the eaves? If we aren’t going to use masonry, what are wise materials to consider for exterior veneer and what do those lines need to create a balanced design? It seems wise to bring thermal mass inside the home to moderate heat loads. Is this at all cost-effective and what does this look like? What do these things tell us about design? This is a very general question. I’m looking for help in stepping out of the very stale box of convention from a slow to change industry. I’m not so much asking about materials and techniques, though I’m happy to hear about that, I’m asking how these things should impact design.
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